Clann Ársa Uí Néill - Ancient Clan O'Neill
November 28, 2016 at 08:07pm
Ar aghaidh le chéile...forward together
Statment by our Chairman Martin Mallon
The Cineál Eoghain was the largest and most powerful clan of Gaelic Ireland through the 17th Century, maintaining a Kingdom that encompassed the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, all of Counties Tyrone and Derry, and parts of Counties Armagh and Antrim. Like all Irish clans, Cineál Eoghain was in essence an enormous ancient family with all of its various branches tracing their ancestry to Eoghain mac Niall, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, who died in 465 AD.
The modern Council of the Cineal Eoghain has a number of clear objectives:-
• To research, preserve and promote the history, culture and traditions of the Cineal Eoghain.
• To act as Registrar for any group of people who have Cineal Eoghain surnames or connections to the Cineal Eoghain and wish to set up or promote a modern clan. All clans will be treated as equals regardless of historic sept/sub sept structures.
• To resurrect and run the 4 Gaelic fire festivals of Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasa and Samhain to reconnect our diverse peoples with their past.
• To create a network among the Cineal Eoghain diaspora world wide to achieve the stated objectives.
Based in Greencastle in Co. Tyrone the Council of the Cineal Eoghain is non political, non sectarian, inclusive and global.
The Kingdom of the Cineal Eoghain endured for over a millennium, rebuffing centuries of Viking incursions and land hungry Anglo-Norman lords, until finally overwhelmed by the centralized might of England in the first years of the 1600’s.
We will not allow this history to pass into the mist but the Cineal Eoghain did not suddenly stop with the Flight of the Earls, it lives on in each of us.
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine....Under the shelter of each other people survive